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CarComplaints.com Notes: Ford changed a lot of things for its 3rd generation, just none of them were a good idea.

The transmission tends to hesitate and jerk when accelerating. The new electronically-driven power steering can fail suddenly and without warning. Even Ford's SYNC can be a headache. Actually, scratch that last one --- it's always been a headache.

4.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,056 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Ford Focus clutch problems

clutch problem

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2013 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 022016

Focus

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. While stopping at a yield sign, the vehicle lost acceleration. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road. There were no warning indicators illuminated. When the contact turned off and restarted the vehicle, it accelerated. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence. The dealer stated that the clutch plate needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired three times for the same failure. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Aurora, IN, USA

problem #7

Mar 152016

Focus

  • 32,152 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was operated. The vehicle was serviced for free per a manufacturer recall with a remedy to replace the clutch assembly. The contact stated that the remedy did not repair the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the recurring failure. The failure mileage was 32,152.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012014

Focus

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission warning light illuminated and the clutch made a loud noise while shaking forcefully. The failure was diagnosed by the manufacturer and the clutch was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the manufacturer where it was diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced again. The failure mileage was 13,000.

- Marlin, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 282014

Focus

  • 25,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while at a complete stop and depressing the accelerator pedal, attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would shudder and hesitate to pick up speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch of the vehicle had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken back to the dealer three separate occasions after the initial repair, to have the software updated; but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 262014

Focus

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle independently jerked forward without warning when driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch on the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082014

Focus

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The failure occurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #2

May 152014

Focus

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that after shifting from reverse into drive, the engine vibrated and caused the entire vehicle to shake violently. The contact mentioned that no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle resumed its normal operation after the vehicle shifted from first to second gear. The failure occurred on two separate occasions. The manufacturer was contacted and did not offer a remedy. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the clutch assembly and transmission needed to be replaced.the vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 15,300.

- Elizabeth, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 112013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 3,296 miles
Vehicle grinds gears frequently. From 1st to 2nd gear vehicle will shake, loose power and almost stall before engine regains power and shifts to go forward. Taken to Ford 4 times. They say it is normal and just needs to be broken in. At one visit, they gave me a 2 page handout on how dual clutch engine works, as if that justifies the performance. They finally replaced clutch which helped for a couple of days before original problems returned. Now, on a good day, the car just grinds in 3rd gear. Meanwhile, Ford does nothing, says there is no problem.

- Plainfield, IN, USA

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